ABOUT

Polish of Vietnamese descent composer and pianist, Ania Vu (née Vũ Đặng Minh Anh) writes music that explores the interplay between the sound properties of the words and their meanings, musical energy related to form, and varied notions of time. She also enjoys crafting her own text—often in Polish—that serves as a sonic, formal, and expressive guiding reference in her musical writing process.

As the winner of the Boston New Music Initiative's 9th Annual Commissioning Competition (2021) and prize recipient of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra's Call for Scores (2020), Ania has worked with leading new music ensembles and musicians, including the Daedalus and Mivos string quartets, Sō Percussion, the TAK, International Contemporary and Kamratōn Ensembles, the Iridium Saxophone Quartet, pianist Eunmi Ko, percussionist Robert McCormick, and sopranos Rose Hegele and Paulina Swierczek. She has received recognition and fellowships from ASCAP, the American Opera Project, Tanglewood, the I-Park Foundation, and her music has been featured at festivals and conferences, including Tanglewood, the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the Research on Contemporary Composition Conference, ISCM's Virtual Collaboration Series, Tage Neuer Musik in Regensburg (Germany), Society of Composers, College Music Society Regional Conferences, International New Music Festival at the University of South Florida, Red Note New Music Festival, Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Valencia International Performance Academy (Spain), and soundSCAPE (Italy).

Currently, Ania is a Ph.D. candidate on the Benjamin Franklin Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania where she studies with Anna Weesner, and took lessons with James Primosch, Marcos Balter, and Amy Williams. She is also a Composer Fellow at the Composers & the Voice, a two-year training program that provides experience writing for the voice and opera stage. In 2017, she received her B.M. in composition and theory from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Robert Morris, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Oliver Schneller, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, and David Liptak. Her first composition teacher was her mother, Đặng Hồng Anh. In 2022-23, Ania will be appointed as the Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Chicago's Center for Contemporary Composition.

Together with pianist Eunmi Ko, they started an initiative called The Music She Writes, a series of four virtual concerts featuring 25 works by Asian female composers. This project aims to highlight the diversity and significance of music by a very large, yet underrepresented community.

Ania is also an actively performing pianist and a passionate music educator. For more information about her piano background, performances and teaching, please scroll down to Piano.

Outside of music, Ania has a deep interest in languages, and speaks fluent English, Polish, French, and Vietnamese, in addition to having studied Latin and German; currently, she is learning modern Greek. She also enjoys traveling - having visited 30 countries so far -, wandering in all kinds of museums, and ballroom dancing.

NEWS

2022

April 6
Dân Trí: Nghệ sĩ dương cầm 28 tuổi gốc Việt giành học bổng sau Tiến sĩ của Mỹ. Read here.

April 1, 7PM
Launch of concert series "The Music She Writes: a Celebration of Asian female composers", organized and curated by me and pianist Eunmi Ko. The virtual concerts feature 25 works across four concerts happening every other Friday, broadcast on the Eastman School of Music's YouTube channel.

April 1
Penn Today: Composing an interplay between music and languages by Louisa Shepard. Read here.

March 15
I will be appointed as the 2022-23 Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Chicago's Center for Contemporary Composition.

January 5
Broadway World: Sparks & Wiry Cries to Present All-Virtual, Free 2022 SongSLAM Festival. Read here.

2021

September 15
The American Opera Project announces Fellows for its 11th Season of Composers & the Voice training program. Read here.

August 28
Tik-Tak, submitted by the Vietnam Contemporary Music Centre, is featured on the ISCM Virtual Collaborative Series. Read and listen here.

August 12
Shoutout LA is featuring me and my work in their magazine. Read here.

July 15
The Daily Pennsylvanian writes an article about The Sachs Program's AAPI artist grant recipients and about my supported project, a chamber opera Through the Doors. Read here.

June 20
I was invited by the Vietnamese American Society for Creative Arts and Music (VASCAM) to present about my music as part of the Talk Art Series. Watch here.

May 12
Through the Doors - an opera for Chamber Ensemble, Multimedia and Electronics, receives a grant award from The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation. So far, this project has also received the SASgov Research Grant and the Albrecht Dissertation Research Award.

May 2
A Score-Video of me playing Dark Whims is now on George N. Gianopoulos's YouTube Channel.

April 25
I wrote a blog post "Music, words, and time" where I discuss my recent work on Illuminate Women's Music. Read here.

April 19
Tik-Tak wins the Boston New Music Initiative's 9th Annual Commissioning Competition, and was selected by an outside panel of industry professionals from an anonymous pool of almost 100 compositions. I will write a new piece for Pierrot + percussion + soprano that will premiere in June 2022.

April 10
Against Time is now available as a Score-Video on George N. Gianopoulos's YouTube Channel!

March 31
Molly Petrilla from the The Pennsylvania Gazette wrote an article about my work and thoughts on being a composer during the pandemic. Read here.

March 22
Tik-Tak is featured at the CMS Northeast Conference this, and receives the CMS Northeast Student Composition Award.

January 29
Tik-Tak is now available as a Score-Video on George N. Gianopoulos's YouTube Channel!


2020

October 30
The University of South Florida's New Music Consortium invited me to give an online presentation about my music. My topic was Writing Text to Write Music. Watch here.

September 9
Five in One is now available as a Score-Video on George N. Gianopoulos's YouTube Channel! Watch here.

September 1
Dragonflies receives Fourth Prize at the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra's Call for Scores.
The piece will be performed by the MANA Quartet during their 20/21 season.

July 6 - August 17
Online participation at the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC).

May 31
Thank you, Nguyễn Bình from Viet Nam News, for writing an article about my interest in music and languages. Read here.

May 7
Big thanks to the Vietnamese newspaper Dân Trí for writing an article about me and my work. Read here. (Disclaimer: it's in Vietnamese!)

EVENTS


UPCOMING


All event times are in the Eastern Timezone.

2022

June 22-August 15
Ania attends Tanglewood as a Composer Fellow.

June 5, 7PM
Premiere of Strange Birds, commissioned by the Boston New Music Initiative, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Lexington, MA.

June 4, 8PM
Premiere of Strange Birds, commissioned by the Boston New Music Initiative, University Lutheran, Cambridge, MA.

May 21 & 22, 7:30PM
First Glimpse will feature my three songs Here, Alive (words by Jeesun Choi), In Front of a New York Hotel (words by Isabella Dawis), and Clocks and Metronomes (an excerpt from my in-progress opera Through the Doors to my own libretto). Performed by Max Potter, Aaren Rivard, Mario Diaz-Moresco, Mila Henry, and Kelly Horsted. The Great Room at South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY.


PAST


April 23, 4:30PM
Ania Vu and Paulina Swierczek are invited by the Skalny Center of Polish and Central European Studies to give a recital Chopin in Music and Letters. Asbury First Methodist Church, Rochester, NY.

April 15, 4:30PM
Performance of Dance Variations on a Theme by J.S. Bach by Rachel Reese and Eduard Teregulov at Collins Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

April 2, 4PM
Performance of 2+ by members of Ensemble Dal Niente at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference at the Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

March 30, 7:30
Performance of Dragonflies by the MANA Quartet at the Mason Gross School, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

March 27, 10:30
Performance of Dance Variations on a Theme by J.S. Bach by Hannah Kristina Lund and Karolina Le at the Reskissert Music Festival in Oslo, Norway.
Ania will also give a talk on "The Changing Landscape for Female Composers in the US". Event details here.

March 25, 6:15
Performance of Against Time by Ania Vu at the CAMRA Screening Scholarship Media Festival (SSMF), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Watch livestream here.

March 6
Virtual performance of 2+ by Ania Vu and Alyssa Resh at the Hot Air Music Festival 2022.

February 25, time TBD
Premiere of t(h)rills for solo cello and electronics by Eduard Teregulov at Barness Recital Hall, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

January 13, 7PM
Ania and soprano Paulina Swierczek present four songs at the songSLAM Festival 2022. Watch here.


2021

November 10, 5PM
Ania is invited to perform a recital of her music, Across Cultures and Time, an event hosted by Penn's Wolf Humanities Center. She is joined by soprano Paulina Swierczek and percussionist Alyssa Resh. Event and registration details can be found here.

October 30th
Ania gives a presentation on the topic of Composing Text to Write Music at the Research on Contemporary Composition Conference, U. of North Georgia. In addition, her piece Sept Vignettes is performed Dr. Luca Lombardi.

October 18, 8PM
Ania is interviewed by Logan Barrett for a podcast hosted by CAMP (Contemporary Arts Music Project). Listen here.

October 3, 7:00PM & 8:30PM
Premiere of 2+ for Piano and Percussion, commissioned by Eunmi Ko and Robert McCormick,
Timucua Arts White House, 2000 South Summerlin, Orlando, FL.

September 29 - October 25
Ania is invited for a residency at I-Park Foundation, Inc.

September 23, 9PM
The Modern Notebook hosted by Tyler Kline at the WSMR, a classical station in Florida, streams Tik-Tak and discusses with the founders of CAMP the upcoming premiere of 2+. Read here.

August 28, 2:35PM
Ania gives a colloquium talk about her new piece Lost within Letters for soprano, alto flute and cello at the Society of Composers, National Student Conference.

August 21, 4:30PM
Premiere of Lost within Letters for Soprano, Alto Flute and Cello, commissioned by the Kamratōn Ensemble for the Society of Composers, National Student Conference.

June 20
Ania is invited to give a talk about her work at the VASCAM Talk Art Series 2021. Watch here.

March 20, 3:15PM
Streamed performance of Tik-Tak at the 2021 CMS Northeast Regional Conference (online).

February 17, 2:30PM
Ania performs all of her piano works: Piano Variations, Dark Whims, and Against Time on Illuminate Women's Music's Digital Series. Watch here.

January 9, 7PM
Streamed performance of Sept Vignettes by Maggie Cox, as part of the 2020 International New Music Festival, USF New Music Consortium. Watch here.


2020

December 20, 3PM
Virtual premiere of Dance Variations on a Theme by J.S.Bach for violin and cello, commissioned by the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. Premiered by Nurit Pacht and Eliana Razzino Yang. Event details here.

December 4, 2:30PM
Performance of Sept Vignettes by Maggie Cox as part of the Illuminate Women's music digital concert. Watch here.

October 30, 11:15AM
Ania's invited by the New Music Consortium and the Composition Department at USF to present on her music. Watch here.

August 12, 5:00PM
Online premiere of Six Vignettes for solo Double Bass by Andres Vela as part of Tanglewood's Composition-Double Bass Collaboration.

July 6 - August 17
Ania participates at the Tanglewood Music Center (online) as a Composer Fellow.

May 5 (postponed due to COVID-19)
Ania premieres Joshua Hey's multimedia theater Derendered with members of the Arcana Ensemble, Philadelphia, PA

April 23, 7:00PM (postponed due to COVID-19)
Ania and Paulina Swierczek are invited by the Skalny Center to perform a recital of Chopin's works. Hatch Hall, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY

April 18, 7:30PM (postponed due to COVID-19)
Premiere of a new piece by Sō Percussion. The Annenberg Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

April 3, 7:30PM (now online due to COVID-19)
Performance of Five in One by a student ensemble at the 2020 International New Music Festival.
University of South Florida, FL

March 7, 5PM
Ania performs her pieces Against Time and Dark Whims, and Joshua Hey's afterimage at the 2020 CMS Northeast Conference at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

February 15, 8PM
Performance of a może... by Rose Hegele, Wesley Fowler, and Jack Yarbrough at the New Music Festival in Boston Conservatory at Berklee, MA

January 25, 7:30PM
Performance of Against Time at the HfKM-Regensburg Tage Neuer Musik 2020.
Konzertsaal der HfKM Regensburg, Germany


2019

December 12, 8PM
Full premiere of I yearn, therefore I am by the Daedalus Quartet. Ania also performs Groundwater by Flannery Cunningham and afterimage by Joshua Hey. Rose Recital Hall, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA

November 15, 12PM
Premiere of I yearn, therefore I am by the Daedalus Quartet. Kelly Writers' House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

November 2, 1PM
Ania performs Against Time at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, PA

July 11, 7:30PM
Premiere of String Quartet no.2 by the Mivos Quartet at La Mutant, Valencia, Spain

May 19, 1PM
Ania performs Kurtag's Hommage à R. Schumann trio at the Curtis Summerfest. Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA

April 5, 7:30PM
An Evening of Polish Music - Ania and soprano Paulina Swierczek perform works by Chopin, Lutoslawski, Szymanowski, and Ania, among others. Event hosted by the Skalny Center. Interfaith Chapel, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

March 16, 8PM
Premiere of Tik-Tak by the TAK ensemble. Arch Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

February 13, 7:30PM
Premiere of Dragonflies by Iridium Saxophone Quartet at the Red Note New Music Workshop, Illinois State University, Normal, IL


MUSIC


In progress

Through the Doors - an opera for chamber ensemble, multimedia, and electronics


2021

hushed, muted for Percussion Quartet

C-c-can you h-h[    ]r me now? for Clarinet and Piano

adrift for solo Vibraphone

Lost within Letters for Soprano, Alto Flute and Cello

2+ for Percussion, Piano and fixed media

t(h)rills for solo Viola/solo Cello


2020

Dance Variations on a Theme by J.S.Bach for Violin and Cello

Sept Vignettes for solo Double Bass


2019

I yearn, therefore I am for String Quartet

String Quartet no. 2

Tik-Tak for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Percussion

Dragonfliesfor Saxophone Quartet


2018

Gra dźwięków, gra słów (Soundplay, wordplay) for Female Voice, Percussion, and Piano

Five in One for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano

Against Time for solo Piano


2017


Symphonic Suite for Orchestra

Fantasia for Orchestra


2016

String Quartet no. 1, four movements

Raindrops for Fixed Media


2015

Dark Whims for Piano, arranged for Wind Ensemble

Mrs. and Mr. Potato Headsfor Flute and Bassoon

Espace for solo Piano


2014

Paroles du Chagrin for Soprano and Piano

Dark Whims for solo Piano


Earliest Works

Piano Variations [2012]

Somewhere over the Clouds for Saxophone Soprano and Piano [2012]

PIANO


Ania is also an actively performing pianist in the standard and contemporary repertoire, having received several national and international piano competition awards. She has premiered and performed her works and those of her colleagues—most recently, she was invited by the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania to present an evening-length concert of her compositions. She has also been invited by Illuminate Women's Music (UK) to give a recital of her solo piano works and several times by the University of Rochester's Skalny Center to perform a recital of music by Polish composers alongside Paulina Swierczek. Ania counts Vincent Lenti, Irina Rumiancewa-Dabrowski, and her mother Hong Anh Dang as her principal teachers. She has also taken lessons and masterclasses with Amy Yang, Douglas Humpherys, Dang Thai Son, Wojciech Świtała, Thomas Rosenkranz, Andrzej Jasiński, Philippe Giusiano, and Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń.

Ania draws great satisfaction from being a music educator, teaching piano and music theory. She maintains a piano studio of students of all ages and various skill levels. At the University of Pennsylvania, she has taught an introductory course to music theory and musicianship, and an intermediate-level ear training and keyboard skills lab. In June 2015, she participated in a program where selected musicians traveled to Zimbabwe and South Africa to perform and teach high school students.

Ania Vu - Recital of her piano works
[YouTube]

Songs of Identity with soprano Paulina Swierczek
[YouTube]

Grażyna Bacewicz - Toccata from Sonata no. 2
[YouTube]

J. S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue in F Major, Book II
[YouTube]

A. Skriabin - Sonata no. 2, mov I
[YouTube]

Justin Jaramillo - ex cathedra
[SoundCloud]

Justin Jaramillo - Proud Maisie
[SoundCloud]

Flannery Cunningham - Groundwater
[YouTube]

CONTACT

For more information or inquiries about scores, commissions, performances, or taking lessons in composition, piano, music theory/aural skills, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at ania.vu94@gmail.com.